The fastest growing breed of dog in terms of popularity is the Goldendoodle.  This lovable cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle is a perfect example of how popular designer mixes have become.

The name "Goldendoodle" was first coined in 1992.   Ten years later it was number 159 on the list of most popular breeds.  The hybrid breed has not yet been recognized by the AKC, but is now listed at number 31 on the list.

The Goldendoodle is bred to be a family companion dog.   It suits people with pet allergies.  Many are now also being used as guide and therapy dogs.